With three NHL games on tap to start this week of DraftKings DFS Hockey contests, DFS hockey players have a solid, but limited player pool to delve into to fill-out their lineups with both superstar and value plays. Let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for tonight’s game:
Jonas Gustavsson ($6,700) – Gustavsson gets the nod in goal tonight for Boston and is a solid play against a struggling-of-late Predators team. His numbers overall aren’t great outside of his 5-1-0 record, but in three of his last five outings he has managed to give up two goals against or less. Nashville has struggled to find their offense as of late netting only 19 goals in their last 9 contests. Gustavsson is one of a handful of backups getting the nod in net tonight, and with his price tag and the inconsistencies of the Predators offense and defense, he is a solid value-play for your lineup tonight.
Ryan Miller ($7,300) – Miller will get the nod for Vancouver on Monday night against his former team the Sabres when Buffalo travels to take on the Canucks. He has had an up and down season to date, but has a very favorable matchup against a Buffalo team who have lost eight of their last 11 games. With the limited slate of games tonight, Miller is a modest-priced play in goal that has a very good chance to steal a two or three goals against win for the Canucks tonight.
Others to Consider: Darcy Kuemper ($6,800), Tuukka Rask ($7,500)
Torey Krug ($6,200) – Lost in all the off-season upheaval in Boston with the trade of Dougie Hamilton was Krug coming on as a top-tier defenseman for the Bruins. He’s having a fantastic season to date and has been touching on all fantasy categories. He is tied with Zdeno Chara for the team lead in points among defensemen with 15 points in 25 games. On top of the scoring numbers, he is second on the Bruins in shots on goal with 74 and leads the team in blocked shots with 44. He is averaging just under 22 minutes of ice time this season, and is seeing time in all situations including on the power-play where he has seven assists on the man advantage.
Tyson Barrie ($4,800) – Barrie is the offensive cog for the Avs from the blueline. He has developed into a very solid all-around defenseman for Colorado and leads the team’s defense in points with 16. He has managed six points in his last 10 games and is putting up on average two shots on goal and one blocked shot per game. He is running the Avalanche’s very strong first power-play unit and sits second on the team with seven power-play points. The Avs face the Wild on Monday night, and will take on backup Darcy Kuemper who is sporting a 3.41 GAA in limited action this year.
Zach Bogosian ($3,800) – Bogosian has never been an offensive juggernaut but has been playing very solid as of late now that he is healthy for the Sabres. Known as being a defensive defenseman, he has put up two points in his last three games. He has only played 10 games so far on the year, but has 19 blocked shots and 18 shots on goal. On top of his two points in his last three games, he has seven blocks and nine shots on goal. With limited production coming from the Sabres blueline outside of Rasmus Ristolainen, Bogosian is a low-risk, high-upside pick for your lineup to put up a solid all-around performance.
Others to Consider: Shea Weber ($5,800), Ryan Suter ($5,900), Erik Johnson($4,900), Matt Dumba ($3,500), Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,000), Kevan Miller ($3,100)
Filip Forsberg ($5,600) – Forsberg is beginning to break out of the scoring slump that saw him put up only three points in his first 11 games in the month of November. In five games since Thanksgiving Forsberg has put up seven points (3G, 4A) with 22 shots on goal including a two-goal, eight SOG performance last week against the Coyotes. Forsberg is one of the best chances for the Predators to put up offense and with his production as of late and his mid-level cap hit for your team, he is a great play on Monday night.
Zach Parise ($7,500) – Parise has shaken off the rust from missing time with his injury and has two points in his last three games after not putting up a point in his first two games back. In his last three he has two assists, four blocked shot and 11 shots on goal. Parise will have a great chance to get back to his scoring ways against the Avs, a team he’s owned with 25 points in 23 games against in his career, on Monday night who are allowing almost three goals against per game this season.
Jamie McGinn ($3,200) – McGinn has never been known as a scorer (.35 PPG career average), but he has found his scoring touch as of late and is currently riding a five-game point streak while playing in a prime position with Jack Eichel in the Sabres top-six. His two goals and four assists has pushed his season total to 12 points in 27 games. For those looking to off-set your lineup with a low-risk play that has a chance to put up a good performance, McGinn is your guy.
Patrice Bergeron ($6,400) – Bergeron continues to put up great numbers for the Bruins, who are catching the Predators at time when they are struggling and he has a good chance to put up some points tonight. Bergeron has put up points in eight of his last 10 outings, sits second on the team with 24 points, leads the team with 82 shots on goal and is second to the Blackhawks Patrick Kane with 13 power-play points on the season. Bergeron has been good all-around this season, but has put up slightly better numbers at home with 13 points in 11 home games this season and the Bruins welcome Nashville on Monday night, so put Bergeron in your lineup.
Others to Consider: Nathan MacKinnon ($7,000), Matt Duchene ($6,100), Jack Eichel ($5,100), Brad Marchand ($5,700), Radim Vrbata ($5,300), Matt Moulson ($3,600), Daniel Sedin ($6,700), Carl Soderberg ($4,200), Jason Zucker ($4,800), Mikael Granlund ($4,400)
Make sure to check out the NHL Cheat Sheet and NHL Line Stacks posts today and as always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey